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Crescent Blues Book ViewsOnyx Books (Paperback), ISBN 045141079
Legal suspense and sweet romance, usually a tantalizing combination, fall short in Blind Trust. An insipid, predictable romance waters down what could have been a well-wrought legal tale.

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A former clerk for a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, Kopp conducted litigation for a large law firm for three years before becoming a Wisconsin Supreme Court Commissioner in 1987 -- a position she still holds. Not surprisingly, her voice rings with authority when she speaks legalese. But when Kopp tackles romance and human relationships, her writing disintegrates into inanity.

The story line shows promise. Oak Greythorne, dead of an apparent drug-overdose-type suicide, leaves his estate in the hands of Chicago law firm partner, Louis Brisbaine, the dastardly villain of this piece. Emma Davis, a sweet young attorney from Kansas, accepts the assignment to vacate renters from Greythorne's apartment building in preparation for a quick sell. Her fascination with a fast track to corporate partner blinds her to the truth, thus allowing her boss, Brisbaine, to make her a pawn in his evil scheme. (Can you see him twist his mustache and leer at the lovely innocent?) Readers will pick up right away on his wolf-like behavior and sheepskin fashions.

Brisbaine and his thuggy friend, Tommy Corona, run real estate scams in keeping with Chicago mob stereotypes. Emma's love interest provides an insider view into the building trades, and he joins her in a search for information to uncover Brisbane and Corona's illegal activities.

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Away from the workplace, Emma and her blue-blood neighbor Kathy Flood search for Mr. Right. Kathy's dog unites Emma and her too-perfect-even-for-a-romance love-interest, Flynn Fielding, hot architect and bachelor. And Kathy's socially connected family conveniently provide the background Emma needs to uncover the link between Greythorne and Brisbaine. Readers get more than enough fashion discussions sandwiched between some unrelated legal projects that fill time and space, but add nothing to the story.

Eventually the book moves toward a climax where all elements converge and the dastardly deed-doers reveal themselves through a rather disappointing conversation. The over-the-top ending leaves readers shaking their heads in disbelief.

Yet, with all of this nay saying, I laughed out loud when the dog found Mr. Right, read the book to the climax and skimmed to the end.

Dawn Goldsmith

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